First Professionally Trained Female Trekking Guide Now Employs Only Women In Her Travel Company
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Thinlas Chorol is Ladakh’s first professionally-trained female trekking guide, and it was an uphill climb for her to get there. As a woman in what was perceived to be a man’s job, it was difficult to convince the community that she was up to the task. Her determination paid off; she established her credibility as a trekking guide and started the Ladakhi Women’s Travel Company in 2009, employing only women guides and porters.
Thinlas’s company is also famous for arranging homestays in remote villages to give tourists a closer look at the region’s culture. The aim was to enable Ladakhi women to become economically self-sufficient by providing a sustainable source of income — which means they do not have to move away from their villages in search of employment.
To date, the company has trained over 70 women and currently employs eight guides, four trainees and 20 staff. Trainees are required to undergo a year-long course before becoming professional trekking guides. The guides are also trained to be aware of the history, local culture, flora and fauna so that a trekking trip with them is enriching in more ways than one. Thinlas plans to venture into exploring alternative income-generating activities for women during the offseason in winter.
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